“If I were dead, I would be the last to know.”
In 1966, a friend of Paul McCartney was driving Paul’s car to a friend’s house after a party. The driver got into a car accident and was injured. Paul was not in the car at the time of the accident, but some theorists believe he actually was and actually as a result of the accident.
Supposedly, this conspiracy all started as a joke by an American radio station. They created the theory and even came up with the name of the “faux Paul” William Shears Campbell. The story did travel to the U.K. but they were inspired by the accident itself, rather than a radio station.
The theory goes that The Beatles were still new and young and hired a new member to preserve their image. Eventually, the living Beatles felt guilty about the cover-up and began leaving messages in their music and in their album covers.
(25:33) “All of the ‘evidence’ showing that he’s dead is all of The Beatles’ songs and covers.”
There is an open hand above Paul’s head which represents death in some cultures. Additionally, the Hindu god Shiva, the god of destruction, is included in the background. If you hold up a mirror to the drum cover so it bisects it, it reveals a message which has been interpreted several ways.
If you hold up a mirror next to “Beatles” it reveals a number of a supposed London Mortuary. Additionally, on the original pressing on the album, the lyrics were printed on the record and George Harrison’s thumb points to the line “Wednesday morning at 5 o’clock” the time of the accident.
The procession of The Beatles is supposed to represent a funeral procession. John is in white to represent a priest, George is in black to represent an undertaker, Paul is dressed like a corpse, and Ringo is dressed like a gravedigger. Paul is seen without shoes which is a symbol of death as dead people do not need shoes.
In addition to the album covers, the songs also contain secret messages. For a full list of song quotes, look at the Beatles Bible.